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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Round 19, a Decisive Recumbentibus

A lot of the words on this list are extremely pretty(it's pretty much an obligation to spout). Worked on more list-ish things and tried to finagle a list of the top 50 most beautiful words and separate it from the usual lists that infiltrate the echelons of internet literacy. Was successful but could be potentially disappointing, and they are mostly obscure. Here's round 19

Sirocco: hot, humid south or southeast wind of southern Italy
Furrow: to wrinkle, a wrinkle, a rut, groove, or trench
Querencia: the area of the bull-ring where the bull makes its stand
Cortical: of, relating to, derived from, or consisting of cortex
Immaculate: spotless, free of sin, without blemish or impurity
Weather: state of the atmosphere at a given time and place
Apotheosis: deification, quintessence, exaltation to divine rank or stature
Vicious: having the nature of vice, evil, immoral, or depraved
Prurient: having, relating to, or typified by lascivious or lustful thoughts or desires
Vis-à-vis: “face to face” opposite to, in relation to, in regard to, a meeting
Belvedere: roofed structure, on top of another building, which commands a large view
Capricious: impulsive, whimsical, unpredictable
Milquetoast: timid, unassertive, spineless person, one who is easily intimidated
Anxiolytic: preventing or reducing anxiety, antianxiety medication, tranquilizer
Jacqueminot: crimson rose
Soubrette: saucy, coquettish woman in comedies
Nugacious: trifling, trivial, insignificant, unimportant, worthless
Philanthropy: the effort or drive to further the well-being of humankind, generosity
Enamel: vitreous, usually opaque, protective or decorative coating or shell
Cerumen: yellow, wax-like secretion from the external ears, “earwax”
Apostolicity: being of or contemporary with the Apostles in character
Malapropos: out of place, inappropriate, in an inopportune or inappropriate manner
Caesura: a pause in a line of verse
Hacienda: the main building of a farm or ranch
Sienna: yellowish-brown, type of clay
Leviathan: very large animal, especially a whale, something of unusually large size
Dulciloquy: speech characterized by sounding soft or sweet
Renaissance: rebirth or revival, renewal of cultural and intellectual thought
Cyan: greenish-blue
Brecciate: to form rock into breccia(rocks made of sharp fragments set in a grainy matrix) 
Fuliginous: having the color of soot, dark, dusky, charcoal-colored 
Listless: lacking energy or disinclined to exert effort, lethargic 
Sequence: succession, an arrangement, related or continuous series 
Cuneiform: wedge-shaped, Sumerian language
Virtuoso: ace, someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field, especially music
Iris: the colored portion of the eye that encircles the pupil
Psyche: the mind or self as a functional entity, center of thought, feeling, and motivation 
Miscellany: collection of various items, parts, or ingredients 
Luminal: of or pertaining to the lumen (the measure of light perceived by the human eye)
Sylvan: relating to or characteristic of woods or forest regions, forest sprite
Degringolade: a rapid decline or deterioration, as in strength, position, or condition
Matutinal: of, relating to, or occurring in the morning, early 
Leveret: baby rabbit, a young rabbit
Aperitif: alcoholic drink taken as an appetizer before a meal 
Macedoine: mixture of diced fruits and vegetables, medley, mixture 


  1. lol, i dont think ive ever used any on this list.

  2. lol, some are pretty common, e.g. "iris", "vicious", "weather", "psyche", and whatnot. I go for the decidedly obscure words to differentiate from the other word lists circulating the interwebs.